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The Gutter and the Grave (Hard Case Crime #15) - Ed McBain
The Gutter and the Grave (Hard Case Crime #15)
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Detective Matt Cordell was happily married once, and gainfully employed, and sober. But that was before he caught his wife cheating on him with one of his operatives and took it out on the man with the butt end of a .45.  Now Matt makes his home on the streets of New York and his only companions... show more
Detective Matt Cordell was happily married once, and gainfully employed, and sober. But that was before he caught his wife cheating on him with one of his operatives and took it out on the man with the butt end of a .45.  Now Matt makes his home on the streets of New York and his only companions are the city’s bartenders. But trouble still knows how to find him, and when Johnny Bridges shows up from the old neighborhood, begging for Matt’s help, Cordell finds himself drawn into a case full of beautiful women and bloody murder. It’s just like the old days – only this time, when the beatings come, he may wind up on the receiving end...  
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780843955873 (0843955872)
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Pages no: 217
Edition language: English
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Cathy67
Cathy67 rated it
"The name is Cordell. I'm a drunk. I think we'd better get that straight from the beginning." After reading the first three opening sentences, I knew then that I would love this book. I've heard the name Ed McBain so for many years, reading other books, being referenced and remembering the movie ...
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
Babes, booze, brawls, banter and bitterness. Classic ingredients for this early McBain. There is a terrific scene, where, the P.I., Cordell, visits a late night/early morning jam session and you can really sense McBain's love for improvised jazz. That passage alone makes the book a worthwhile read....
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